Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 940,961 words

This page describes “avoiding evil minds” as written by Nagarjuna in his Maha-prajnaparamita-sastra (lit. “the treatise on the great virtue of wisdom”) in the 2nd century. This book, written in five volumes, represents an encyclopedia on Buddhism as well as a commentary on the Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita.

Part 4 - Avoiding evil minds

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Sūtra (cf. Pañcaviṃśati, p. 29, l. 14–18; Śatasāhasrikā, p. 95, l. 11–20). – Moreover, Śāriputra, the bodhisattva-mahāsattva who wishes to not produce thoughts of avarice, immorality, malice, laziness, distraction or false wisdom should practice the perfection of wisdom (Punar aparaṃ Śāriputra bodhisattvena mahāsattvena mātsaryacittaṃ dauḥśīlyacittaṃ vyāpādacittaṃ kausidyacittaṃ vikṣepacittaṃ dauṣprajñācittaṃ anutpādayitukāmeṇa prajñāpāramitāyāṃ śikṣitavyam).

Śāstra. – These six kinds of minds that are evil close the door to the six perfections (pāramitā).